Kappa Search | Chicago Recruiters | VP of Contracts & Estimating Job

Kappa Search Inc. (KSI) is a Chicago area recruiting agency specializing in the recruitment and placement of management, sales, engineering and technology professionals in a variety of fields. 

Currently we are seeking a Vice President of Contracts & Estimating for our client in the greater Los Angeles area.  Our client is a leading aerospace industry supplier of large format machined parts and assemblies for airframe and spacecraft applications.  

Job Title
:    Vice President of Contracts & Estimating
Location:    Los Angeles, CA
Compensation:    $175,000

Job Summary
The VP of Contracts and Estimating is responsible for directing the estimating, proposal, contract acquisition, and initial process planning and project kick-off efforts.  This person will team with the VP of sales in developing new business to support company growth and revenue plans.   

Key Responsibilities
– Establish company wide program controls and estimating/pricing policy including program management systems, EVMS, cost estimating systems and pricing systems
— Administration, management, review and verification of all contracts
— Properly interpret incoming RFPs and RFQs
— Develop proposals per RFP requirements in accordance with FAR/DFAR and budgetary constraints
— Communicate with customers as needed during the estimation process
— Provide leadership and vision to the contracts and new business functions
— Perform research and analysis of historical data and develop cost estimating relationships
— Prepare and present statistical and risk analysis (S-Curve, confidence level, etc)
— Perform negotiations and work closely with contracts department
— Work closely with the defense contract management/audit agencies regarding auditing and fact finding requirements
— Develop processes to reduce proposal turn-around time and improve accuracy
— Fully implement the estimating module, including budgets, of the company ERP program
— Cross train employees in estimating functions
— Maintain 98% or better on-time delivery of quotations to our customers
— Create and implement a system of departmental accountability metrics
— Must be knowledgeable with government prime contracting procedures
— Perform forecast analysis and develop budget recommendations
— Interpret “statement of work” drawings and specifications including the ability to estimate labor for various manufacturing operations.
— Create manufacturing outlines to fabricate parts to given specifications
— Interface with manufacturing shop, various manufacturing support personnel, and suppliers.
— Work closely with various integrated product teams and all engineering departments

— Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related technical field.  Advanced degree is preferred
— Five or more years experience in estimating, contract management or project management in the aerospace industry
— Must have experience working in the aerospace and machine shop industries
— In depth knowledge of airframe structure, ground support equipment and tooling
— Facilitate continuous improvement of the estimating department
— Preparing reports, metrics, performance reviews, and other documents using Microsoft Office
— Communicating with customers, contractors, vendors and other personnel involved in the estimation process